If there's one thing I've learned as a technical writer, it's that tech is where we find it. Sometimes inspiration comes suddenly without warning so it's wise to keep the camera ready at all times. But of course, I never do that, so once again I'll have to stagger down to the house to get the ol' Box Brownie as I hope I won't miss a crucial shot.

This farm-find 1971 GMC pickup is for my son-in-law Nathanial, who by now knows patience for sure. Since our friend Don Dillard of Highway 99 Hot Rods helped us tag-team extensive rust repair with new rocker and floor panels from Brothers Truck Parts, the finish bodywork and reassembly have moved along at a snail's pace, while customer jobs take priority. Having a project of this size scattered and delayed in its stall can cripple a small shop's production as it takes up a fair amount of space. At this point, however, the job is all but finished with the truck's still-assembled front group ready to reassume its position.

So, the way I figure, we're about a day's work away from having our center stall back—and we need it for the next personal pickup project—Mrs. Rotten's own 1947 Studebaker M5. "When are we gonna finish this GMC?" she asks me. "Soon as we have three strong backs together at the same time," I told her. Apparently that was not the answer she was lookin' for because she quickly hatched a plan to hang the GMC's heavy front group without waiting for assistance from visiting muscle men.

Granted, I'm proud of my wife. But apart from that, I truly believe her catch-as-catch-can cleverness is worth sharing. And fellas, this could work for you too.

SOURCE
Highway 99 Hot Rods
559-651-1457
www.highway99hotrods.com
Brothers Trucks
801 E. Parkridge Ave
Corona
CA  92879
800-977-2767
www.brotherstrucks.com
Harbor Freight Tools
800-423-2567
http://www.HarborFreight.com
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